Some here might recall that this bill grew out of an extensive VA Office of Accountability complaint I made.
It is a small start , but could help reduce the malpractice statistics of the VA.
There is much more the VA needs to do however. The Senate has unanimously passed this bill.
My complaint to the VA Office of Accountability stemmed from what I learned after my wrongful death FTCA case was settled.
The references to the NPDB and the VHA Administrative , and from the GAO ,Handbook came from my input.
The multiple doctors who malpracticed on my husband were never reported to the NPDB or to any NY state licensing board. They continued to be employed by the VA and to diagnose and treat other veterans. One doctor had to get additional training- she had misdiagnosed my husband's stroke ,but I heard she got fired after she returned from the training.
The Sponsors did not change something very serious that I wrote to them about- but there is more legislation in Congress, that could change that issue.
This bill falls short of what I wanted for veterans.That means more work for me but at least something is being done and it bolsters the Bill I have at the H VAC, which hopefully will get somewhere.
116th CONGRESS 1st Session
"To amend title 38, United States Code, to require the Under Secretary of Health to report major adverse personnel actions involving certain health care employees to the National Practitioner Data Bank and to applicable State licensing boards, and for other purposes.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. Short title.
This Act may be cited as the “Department of Veterans Affairs Provider Accountability Act”.
SEC. 2. Accountability within Veterans Health Administration.
(a) Reporting major adverse actions to National Practitioner Data Bank and State licensing boards.—Section 7461 of title 38, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:
“(f) (1) Whenever the Under Secretary for Health (or an official designated by the Under Secretary) brings charges based on conduct or performance against a section 7401(1) employee and as a result of those charges a covered major adverse action is taken against the employee, the Under Secretary shall, not later than 30 days after the date on which such covered major adverse action is carried out—
“(A) transmit to the National Practitioner Data Bank of the Department of Health and Human Services and the applicable State licensing board the name of the employee, a description of the covered major adverse action, and a description of the reason for the covered major adverse action; and
“(B) update the VetPro System, or successor system, with a record of the covered major adverse action taken and an indication that information was transmitted under subparagraph (A).